75 Greatest Friends and Foes of Batman: Allies #25-21

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we're doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman. Future installments will deal with Batman creators and stories, but this month will be about Batman's allies and his villains.

You all voted, now here are the results (40 bad guys, 35 good guys for a total of 75)! Here is a list of all the characters revealed so far. We continue with Allies #25-21...


NOTE: There's so many images in these pieces that I'll be breaking them up over two pages.

25. Green Arrow

Batman has a special place in Green Arrow's history. Not just the fact that early Green Arrow (he was created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp) was basically a knock-off of Batman (dude had an Arrow-Cave, people! An Arrow-Cave!) but that it was during a team-up with Batman in Brave and the Bold that the then new, now iconic look for Green Arrow debuted...


That issue was a cool team-up exploring Oliver Queen's problems with whether he could do more good as Oliver Queen than as Green Arrow (Batman in the issue also finds himself in a similar conflict when Bruce Wayne is temporarily named a U.S. Senator)...

Plus, of course, we musn't forget Green Arrow's appearance in Dark Knight Returns...

Also, I actually DID forget (must have been a mind-wipe) that Green Arrow was one of the Justice League members who voted to wipe Batman's memories of them messing with Dr. Light's brain during Identity Crisis, so that made their relationship strained for a time in the mid-2000s.


24. Bat-Mite

The people have spoken! The vast majority of you voted for him as an ally, so fair enough, I counted all his votes for the ally list. Bat-Mite was an annoying yet powerful imp who was a huge Batman fan and beginning in 1959 (in a story by Bill Finger, Sheldon Moldoff and George Paris) he would visit Batman and Robin and "help" them, which would invariably cause problems for them instead...

23. Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley)

Let's say that you had a hot dog cart. It is really popular and one of the best hot dog carts in the business. However, one day you get injured so you let some heroin addict you've been mentoring recently take over your hot dog cart while you recuperate (you had a former protege, but you didn't want to bother him for whatever reason). While you're out, though, your replacement tries to make your cart more effective and he adds new technological upgrades but he is also a bit of a dick. Overcharging people for drinks, not putting enough sauerkraut on the dogs, stuff like that. So you heal up and are prepared to take it back but he won't give it up. You also forgot that the thing that drove him to doing heroin in the first place was running his family shawarma cart that he was forced to run even though he had no interest in it, so you probably really never should have forced him to take over your cart. As while you thought his cart experience was a benefit it was clearly a negative, since he's obviously back to doing heroin. You wonder to yourself, "Why didn't I just let my former protege watch the cart for me in the first place? My cart is pretty damn important to me, so why in the world would I trust this heroin addict with it? I thought that my nerdy after school teen worker would help watch him, but obviously that was a foolish idea as he's just a teen! Who trusts a teenager with a heroin addict?" So you have it out with the guy and you drive him out and get your cart back. But you feel bad, as again, it should have been obvious that he was going to start doing heroin again with you not there to watch him and him specifically doing something that triggers his addiction. So because you feel bad, you set him up with his own independent cart. He's awful at it and starts hanging out with some religious nutjobs and ruining his life. So even though you don't trust him, you still feel bad and decide to set him up with a new cart, only this time working directly for you. And then he dies.


That's what Batman's relationship with Jean-Paul Valley was like (Azrael was created by Denny O'Neil and Joe Quesada).

Here's Batman setting him up with his first food cart...

And here's Batman later trying to get him to work on a food cart for him personally...

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